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Episode Notes The normalization of sexualization gave us Britney Spears. A look at the collective guilt everyone bears in a world that now sees the destruction of a human life as public entertainment and the person as a commodity. Links: Download Anna Watkins Fisher's brilliant analysis on Spears and Weaponized Entertainment:http://www.annawatkinsf…
 
Episode Notes A Twitter thread discussion on James Wan's recent horror offering, Malignant inspired this episode. I watched as a tribal, "you must be on one side of the discussion, and it's our side," conversation play out on the social media platform. A look as to why critical thinking and not blind fandom is imperative in demanding better of not …
 
Episode Notes A follow up to EP 104 announcing a horror book project I am writing. Here is how you can be part of it by sharing your memories of films I have selected. I am not looking for reviews, but rather the memories of seeing these films: where, when, who was with you & the impact on you. My list will be on my Twitter timeline. Email your nam…
 
Episode Notes A look as to why horror is personal and how YOU can be part of a new horror project I have starting up. Also a nice shout out to Bruce Markusen's "Hosted Horror On Television" book. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Hosted-Horror-Television-Creature-Features/dp/1476684618/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RU2U16BTFHEM&dchild=1&keywords=hosted+horror…
 
Episode Notes My upcoming monster movie, releasing this fall has a unique teen cast and I took this milestone episode to mark their first official interview. Peter Cote, Selina Flanscha, Oliver Givens, Riley Sullivan, Emma Lim and Asher Ruppert share their thoughts and views on coming from obscurity to a major feature film overnight and toward the …
 
Episode Notes Hindsight is always 20/20. It's also a kick in the pants. A look at how I ignored great advice and opportunity to pursue the easier, cynical path that led me astray of the early, crucial years of career. Lee knew and I ignored his words. Links for this episode: Dread Central Horror Series: https://www.dreadcentral.com/editorials/36817…
 
Episode Notes The recent nostalgia rush for places like Blockbuster video ignore the undercurrents and context of the time. Should Blockbuster be mourned? Before you say "yes," listen to this account that draws the comparison of the early years of film to the early days of fast food. A quasi second part to EP 24 "Consuming Cynema." There were no "g…
 
Episode Notes "Excuse me, but isn't that why we watch monster movies? Just to see big monsters fight?" No. This episode argues the need for solid human stories in these kind of films and the disturbing continuance of "lowest common denominator" filmmaking and the dumbing down of our entertainment. Godzilla Clip referenced:https://www.youtube.com/wa…
 
Episode Notes 99% SPOILER FREE!Is there something else going on at the studio level? A pattern seems to be developing in creating studio cuts but knowing there is a better cut still left behind for later release. In the wake of "The Snyder Cut" something is indeed going on...circumstantially. I use "Godzilla vs. Kong" as an example. Two links that …
 
Episode Notes An examination of Tobe Hooper's "Lifeforce" and how it pertains to the unstable concept of matching low budget filmmakers with large studio budgets. The results are less disasters than they are mediocre. Also a look at the Hooper vs. Spielberg "Poltergeist" debate. Bloody Disgusting Link: https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3447116/to…
 
Episode Notes Online and print horror magazines are not just entertainment. They have been and continue to be valuable resources, educational tools and primers that need the support to stay alive and continuing to educate burgeoning filmmakers. My career is indebted to them past and present. MY DREAD CENTRAL SERIES: https://www.dreadcentral.com/edi…
 
Episode Notes Part Two that looks at the real issues plaguing the studio and theatrical systems. Links to referenced data:http://horrorfuel.com/interview/big-apes-big-cynemahttp://horrorfuel.com/interview/cynema-godzilla-vs-ginohttps://www.rottentomatoes.com/guides/best_remakes_50_years_50_movieshttp://movies.about.com/od/toppicks/tp/worst-remakes.…
 
Episode Notes A listener suggested episode looking at the slippery, cynical slope toward censorship under the guise of protecting us from ourselves. Links:https://www.salon.com/2020/10/28/horror-movies-good-for-health-pandemic-stress-fear-anxiety-coping/ https://vocal.media/horror/reasons-why-horror-movies-are-good-for-your-health https://www.scoop…
 
Would you like The Special? Find out Oct. 13th on all streaming & VOD platforms.Pre-order for iTunes & Apple TV here: https://apple.co/2Gd2YQWDVD release: NOV 10Get the novella: https://www.amazon.com/Special-James-Newman/dp/1947522140MOVIE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/1I4G2ce3iUgMONSTER MARK KOSOBUCKI: https://www.instagram.com/monstermark138/DELETED…
 
Part Two of my limited sub series examining my path into the film industry and avoiding Cynema along the way as I learned more about. This episode features real-life sound bytes from my eighth grade reading teacher who guided me through my first "feature film," a remake of 1967's "Mad Monster Party." Video link to the actual 8th grade film: https:/…
 
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